Brazil's top prosecutor accuses President Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice

Mail Online | 5/19/2017 | Ekin Karasin For Mailonline
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A top prosecutor has accused Brazil's president Michel Temer of corruption and obstruction of justice.

Mr Temer fought for his political life on Friday after being accused of attempting to derail a massive corruption investigation known as 'Car Wash.'

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It comes after a secret recording emerged, reportedly showing the president giving a business executive his blessing to make monthly payments of hush money to a jailed politician.

That politician - former lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha - is in prison after being convicted of bribe-taking in a sprawling anti-corruption drive named operation 'Car Wash.'

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Mr Temer was placed under investigation by the police on Thursday after the recording emerged.

Temer and a senior senator, Aecio Neves, were among those 'who attempted to prevent the Car Wash investigations from advancing,' Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot wrote in a court filing on Friday.

Accusation - Obstruction - Justice - Stakes - Crisis

The accusation of wide-scale obstruction of justice raised the stakes in a crisis threatening to topple Mr Temer barely a year after the center-right politician took over from impeached leftist president Dilma Rousseff.

The investigation has upended Brazil with scores of politicians indicted or subject to probes into alleged bribe taking and embezzlement.

Cunha - Insiders - Congress - Secrets - Politicians

And Cunha, formerly one of the most powerful insiders in Congress, has long been rumored to have threatened to spill secrets on other politicians to prosecutors.

Mr Temer angrily denied any wrongdoing in a televised address Thursday and rebutted mounting calls for his resignation. He had not spoken in public Friday.

President - Palace - Aides - Government - Source

The beleaguered president was holed up at the presidential palace with close aides, a government source, who asked not to be identified, told AFP.

'The government is working on three fronts to end the crisis: political, judicial and economic,' the source said.

Source - Mr - Temer - Intention

According to the source, Mr Temer was 'angry' and had no intention of stepping down.

However, opponents piled on the pressure, with eight impeachment requests...
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